Bangkok is not normally a place that I’d think of for a holiday, mainly because of generally how bloody hot the place is and also because as an introvert, it really upsets me when taxi’s and cabs try to haggle/negotiate and do everything in their power to rip you off. I can’t fix the first thing, but the second time Ms. Buddha and I went to Bangkok, I already prepared everything beforehand to remove my second issue with Bangkok – mainly by booking cars way earlier beforehand and also by using Uber. A Blacklane costs about 50USD from the airport into the city, which is quite reasonable (I know it’s more than a cab – but then you get a Merc instead of a rusty cab) – Intercontinental Bangkok is located right in the central area where all the hubub is.
I booked a Club Intercontinental room because of the raving reviews about the club lounge (more on that another time) – and because of the Ambassador membership that guarantees a room upgrade, we were given a King Bed Corner Suite which was confirmed prior to arrival (always a good thing).
When we first arrived, we were greeted and then escorted up to the Club Lounge for the rest of the check in process – the service in Thailand is always excellent and I took the first opportunity to admire the view from the lounge.
Once check-in process was completed, we were escorted again to the room itself and shown around by the bellhop, I never really got this whole “let me show you the room” thing – how much is there to not understand where the bed is and where the bathroom is? None the less, it was a friendly touch.
Along with the room, was the welcome gift that comes with all Ambassador membership – frankly slightly tacky.
The room itself is frankly very adequate for 2 people, there’s a separate living room area and then the bedroom itself, which is quite large in all respect. The bathroom was massive and quite well appointed – although I would’ve preferred a separate toilet.
The bed was super comfortable and being someone who loves their baths, I thoroughly enjoyed the bathtub, although, in some respect, I mentioned this in my Park Hyatt Milan post – the thing that I find about Thailand is that the finish on the renovation is never perfect – and the flaws showed up here and there as well.
The service at the Intercontinental Bangkok is really quite excellent as well as being very personal without being too formal (which is great!) The location itself is excellent in that it’s right next to the skytrain and also next to some of the big shopping areas – definitely a hotel that I’d consider again.
P.S. We visited when there was some fancy conference on in the city of Bangkok so a lot of the roads were blocked, the hotel was nice enough to organise a car for us (at a cost) for the transfer to the hotel – we were quite impressed that it was an S-Class Merc 🙂